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Unfortunately, this software seems to be unavailable for
download (at least a download that actually works). There are several places where it is supposed to be available for a free trial, but that seems to be untrue. There’s not much to be said
in terms of reviews as far as this product, which is further insight into the
quality of this software. But this program also does boast a photo merger…is
that like the online service that allows two people to merge their photos to
find out what their potential children might look like? Or is it a matter of
cutting out a portion of one photo and pasting it into another photo? Maybe
it’s a digital double exposure – the same effect you would get with 35mm film
after the trainee photo lab technician accidentally exposed your figure drawing
model shots over the photos of your grandfather’s birthday party.
Another feature in Fotoshop is what is described as a ‘surprise pattern maker’. So, does this mean the pattern maker jumps out at you, grabs your artwork, and creates a random prototype out of it? That seems like it would be rather aggravating. Is it like a surprise party where the software just knows what you want and dazzles you with a pattern it made based on your thoughts? Could this part of Fotoshop actually be clairvoyant?
The pattern maker is also said to ‘create instant art’. Now, as we know, anything labeled as ‘instant’ usually means ‘this person is too lazy to make the real thing’; instant mashed potatoes for people who can’t crush real spuds in a pot, instant messaging for people too languid to use a phone or write a letter, and instant art for the creatively challenged. It brings an instant tear to my stomach lining.
A mere fifteen dollars is all you’d have to spend on this program, for the double exposures, the pattern surprises, and the instantaneous creativity rolled into shareware whose name is a very blatant rip-off of the high-quality, high-priced imaging software, Adobe Photoshop. This was not a coincidence – this was a marketing decision. Someone figured if the name of this crappy program sounded a lot like that of the amazing Adobe commodity, more people would buy it. I’m not sure how well that marketing strategy worked out, given the lack of availability of product reviews or download sites. But you don’t even necessarily need to purchase it…you get what would be a “Fotoshop gratis” trial before making that investment. I think I’d rather buy the software just so I could throw it out and comfort myself with the knowledge that there is one less copy of Fotoshop in the world.